Murder of Vanesa, 14: why is the alleged murderer Romain C. no longer in prison since Thursday?

The body of Vanessa, a 14-year-old girl, was found on Saturday in an abandoned house in Birac-sur-Trec (Lot-et-Garonne). Previously, a 31-year-old man had been arrested and taken into custody overnight from Friday to Saturday. During his hearing, he quickly admitted to having sexually assaulted the schoolgirl, whom he did not know, before strangling her to death. The Sunday following the facts, he was indicted for kidnapping and forcible confinement, rape and murder of a minor before being placed in pre-trial detention.

La Dépêche reveals this Friday the first moments of his incarceration.

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Roman C. was placed in detention at the Agen remand center. There, a strict procedure and a series of appointments awaited him. The first of them: “an interview with an agent of the probation and integration service (SPIP) as provided for in the procedure for the defendants, regardless of the nature of the alleged facts”. It was during this interview that Romain C. reportedly announced his intention to end his life.

He was thus transferred “to the psychiatric hospital of Candélie a few kilometers from the city center of Agen, where he has been cared for for 24 hours”. A stay which may prove to be temporary, according to our colleagues, who estimate his return behind bars next week.

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